According to MoAF statistics the sultanate produced 369,000 tonnes of dates in 2018 compared to 361,000 tonnes in 2017. The production in 2016 was 355,000 tonnes. In 2015, it was 344,000 tonnes.
In 2018, Rustaq had the highest date production location with 37,000 tonnes followed by 33,000 tonnes in Sohar, 24,000 tonnes in the wilayat of Ibri, 18,000 tonnes in Suwaiq and 17,000 tonnes in the wilayat of Mudhaibi.
The ministry stated the Naghal date assortment saw the highest production at 36,000 tonnes followed by 34,000 tonnes of Al Khasab dates, 33,000 tonnes of Al Khalas, 32,000 tonnes of Al Mabsali, and 29,000 tonnes of Umm al Sala.
Meanwhile, the ministry implements a national method for the promotion of date palms, such as the distribution of a lot more than 725,000 seedlings to farmers in numerous governorates of the sultanate.
The project aims at replacing low high quality palm trees with higher productivity and high quality plants, and re-organisation of palm tree planting in villages and agricultural oases. The ministry has currently implemented a project to raise productivity seeking at the horticultural elements in order to improve the productivity of palm trees.
“This project was implemented in 79 date producing villages in 34 wilayats across the sultanate. More than 1,100 farmers benefited from this project,” the ministry mentioned.
Information Source: Muscat Daily